Bharti Airtel, a major telecom provider, and Nokia announced a partnership for the construction of a 5G radio access network (RAN). Following the recently completed 5G spectrum auctions and Bharti Airtel’s distribution of pan-India spectrum, this multi-year agreement supports their goal of ushering India into the 5G era. In the recently finished auction, Bharti Airtel purchased spectrum valued at Rs. 43,084 crore.
A modular and scalable baseband, as well as 5G massive MIMO radios with high capacity, will be provided by Nokia from its market-leading AirScale portfolio.
In addition to Nokia, Bharti Airtel has agreements in place for the deployment of its 5G network with Ericsson and Samsung.
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO of Bharti Airtel said, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Nokia and take India into the 5G era. Airtel has always believed that the real leverage of 5G technology will come from the capacity to build an ecosystem across devices, networks, applications and services. As mobile penetration increases across India, mobile telecom services will have a transformative impact across all sectors of the economy. Airtel is investing in the right areas and working with the right partners to serve our customers even better.”
The Sunil Mittal-led company has increased its spectrum holding by acquiring 19,867.8 MHZ of spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz bands.
Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia said, “This landmark deal reinforces our long-standing partnership with Bharti Airtel. We are delighted that they have chosen Nokia’s best-in-class AirScale baseband and radio portfolio to deliver superior 5G performance in one of the world’s largest networks. I look forward to our continued successful long-term collaboration in this vital and dynamic market.”
In accordance with the telecom provider, Airtel would be able to launch 5G services with ultra-high speeds, low latency, and enormous data processing capabilities if it chose numerous partners.
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